Sometimes pain in the neck, mid back or low back can be coming from the facet joints. Facet joints are tiny joints in the spine between vertebrae. They allow us to bend, flex and twist in the spine.
This diagnostic procedure is done to identify a painful facet joint. Local anesthetic injection numbs the facet joint that is suspected of causing the patient’s pain.Neck pain that travels into the back of the head, or into the shoulders or shoulder blade area can be coming from the facet joints of the neck.
Facet joint pain of the low back can present as back pain that sometimes travels into the buttocks and back of the thigh. The procedure takes about 5 to 10 minutes. If a diagnostic block relieves pain, a therapeutic facet block or a Facet Joint RFA will be needed for long lasting pain relief.